• Paul Krugman: The GOP plot to sabotage 2021

    Paul Krugman: The GOP plot to sabotage 2021
    Nobody knows for sure who will win in November. Joe Biden holds the advantage right now, but between the vagaries of the Electoral College and whatever October surprises the Trumpists cook up — you know they’re coming — who knows?One thing that’s clear, however, is that Republicans — not just Donald Trump, but his whole party — are acting as if there’s no tomorrow. Or, more precisely, they’re acting as if there’s no next year.And this means t
  • Historic parts of Utah prison shouldn’t get torn down, groups argue

    Historic parts of Utah prison shouldn’t get torn down, groups argue
    Draper • Its notorious concrete walls and iron bars might hold some of Utah’s ugliest memories, but many believe portions of the old state prison should be saved.Questions of preserving part of the 70-year-old Draper prison took on new urgency Monday with the state’s announcement of stepped-up planning efforts to develop the coveted land beneath it.The hulking penitentiary, which has housed prisoners since the mid-1950s, is currently headed for demolition sometime in 2022 once o
  • Robert Gehrke: Gov. Gary Herbert failed and now the coronavirus is burning through Utah

    Robert Gehrke: Gov. Gary Herbert failed and now the coronavirus is burning through Utah
    If a wildfire was blazing through the state, threatening the health and lives of thousands of Utahns, what would you do?Mobilize fire crews? Sound the alarms? Evacuate people? Run air tankers and cut fire lines?Or would you do nothing?Because nothing is exactly what Gov. Gary Herbert has done for 10 days as COVID-19 has burned through the state.Really, we could have seen this coming as early as Sept. 1, when the state had four days averaging about 470 new cases, nearly a hundred more each day th
  • Homeless service providers throughout Utah see spikes in people seeking help as the pandemic wears on

    Homeless service providers throughout Utah see spikes in people seeking help as the pandemic wears on
    In the six months since the coronavirus pandemic came to Utah, the Lantern House homeless shelter in Ogden has served 1,116 new people experiencing homelessness — 45% of whom say they’re unsheltered for the first time.At the other end of the state, Washington County is reporting an increase in the number of homeless “individuals, families, youth, and veterans who have been fleeing from other pandemic hot spots throughout the country” and are coming to southern Utah &ldquo
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  • Broderik S. Craig: Romney should heed Ginsburg’s wishes, support Biden

    Broderik S. Craig: Romney should heed Ginsburg’s wishes, support Biden
    Dear Sen. Romney,We are writing to you as a group of students at Brigham Young University. We are a coalition of progressives, moderates and conservatives fighting to help restore decency to the White House through the election of Joseph R. Biden.This week America mourns the passing of the legendary U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ginsburg was a well-respected progressive and champion for women’s rights and equality. She will certainly be missed.Ginsburg’s dying wish
  • Letter: Rep. Ben McAdams puts party before people

    Letter: Rep. Ben McAdams puts party before people
    I am a conservative Republican. I voted for Ben McAdams for Salt Lake County mayor and felt he did a reasonable job in that position. However, something seems to happen to people who get elected to a national office and move to Washington D.C. When McAdams was running for Congress against Mia Love (a disappointment), his slogan was “People before Party.” Nothing in his history as mayor of Salt Lake County would have led me to believe otherwise.His campaign against Burgess Owens sugge
  • A sweep for ‘Schitt’s Creek’; ‘Succession’ tops Emmy Awards

    A sweep for ‘Schitt’s Creek’; ‘Succession’ tops Emmy Awards
    Los Angeles • “Schitt’s Creek,” the little Canadian show about a fish-out-of-water family, made history at Sunday’s Emmy Awards with a comedy awards sweep, something even TV greats including “Frasier” and “Modern Family” failed to achieve.Zendaya, 24, became the youngest lead drama actress winner for her role as a troubled teenager in “Euphoria.”“I know this seems like a really weird time to be celebrating,” Zendaya sai
  • Biden urges GOP senators to hold off on nominating new Supreme Court justice

    Biden urges GOP senators to hold off on nominating new Supreme Court justice
    Philadelphia • Joe Biden on Sunday slammed President Donald Trump and leading Senate Republicans for trying to jam through a replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and urged more senators to stand with a pair of GOP colleagues who oppose the election-season rush.The extraordinary televised plea from the Democratic presidential candidate to Republican senators reflected the ferocious maneuvering that has followed Ginsburg’s death at 87 on Friday. Her passing upended a cam
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  • Letter: Sean Reyes is Trump’s pawn

    Letter: Sean Reyes is Trump’s pawn
    Our attorney general, the guy who seldom passes up a photo op with our president and chief COVID denier Donald Trump, has been tested 20 times for COVID-19 in the last month. Do you know anyone else who receives that much COVID testing? Do the meat packers in northern Utah receive that level of concern? How about our teachers — do they?Seems like if you are tested every two or three days, you would start getting careless, like by attending illegal indoor rallies in other states even as new
  • Skyline-Brighton football game canceled after players test positive for COVID-19

    Skyline-Brighton football game canceled after players test positive for COVID-19
    COVID-19 has claimed another high school football game in Utah.The game between Skyline and Brighton, two teams that boast 6-0 records in 5A, has been canceled due to four players on the Eagles testing positive for the coronavirus, a Granite School District spokesperson told the Salt Lake Tribune. Skyline is canceling all team activities until Oct. 2.The Eagles are scheduled to play Highland on Oct. 2. That game could also be in jeopardy considering that Skyline would have no time to prepare for
  • Police find body of missing hiker in High Uintas

    Police find body of missing hiker in High Uintas
    The body of an Idaho man who was reported missing in the High Uintas Wilderness Area was found Sunday afternoon, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office announced in a news release.Kyle S. Wimpenny, 25, of Boise, left his home on Sept. 13 for the High Uintas Wilderness Area, with plans to hike to Kings Peak, according to police. He told his roommate he would be home by Wednesday, and he was reported missing on Thursday.Search and rescue teams found Wimpenny’s body on Sunday afternoon, aft
  • Letter: We must let go of our anger

    Letter: We must let go of our anger
    On a recent morning, I finished the newspaper and continue to be amazed by the anger it reports while at the same time heartened by the good many people are doing during this pandemic and the terrible fires in the West.This strange juxtaposition leaves me somewhat optimistic. That is because I believe that most people want the same things: a safe place to live and raise a family, financial and health security, a decent job, quality of life from schools and housing to community amenities. Opportu
  • Jana Riess: Trump’s twisted interpretation of ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’ is killing Americans

    Jana Riess: Trump’s twisted interpretation of ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’ is killing Americans
    On Wednesday, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told a Senate subcommittee that while progress is being made on a coronavirus vaccine, it won’t be available until the summer or fall of 2021, if one is found to be safe and effective and receives Food and Drug Administration approval soon. It is possible that “a very limited supply” could be available to health care workers by the end of 2020.On Thursday morning, the White House directly contradicted
  • California wildfire likely to grow from wind, low humidity

    California wildfire likely to grow from wind, low humidity
    Los Angeles • The destruction wrought by a wind-driven wildfire in the mountains northeast of Los Angeles approached 156 square miles Sunday, burning structures, homes and a nature center in a famed Southern California wildlife sanctuary in foothill desert communities.The blaze, known as the Bobcat Fire, is expected to grow through Sunday and Monday as critical fire weather conditions continued due to gusty wind and low humidity. Additional evacuation warnings were issued Sunday afternoon.F
  • ‘Schitt’s Creek’ dominates early at pandemic Emmy Awards

    ‘Schitt’s Creek’ dominates early at pandemic Emmy Awards
    Los Angeles • “Schitt’s Creek” stars Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy won top comedy acting Emmy Awards as the ceremony kicked off Sunday, a sign that the quirky little Canadian show was having a big night.O’Hara accepted the award virtually in the pandemic-safe ceremony.“Though these are the strangest of days, may you have as much joy being holed up in a room or two with your family as I had with my dear Roses,” O’Hara said, surrounded in a d
  • Letter: It’s beyond me

    Letter: It’s beyond me
    Things I don’t understand:How record-setting wildfires on the West Coast and record-setting tropical storms are not climate change related.How promising to not have military and government employees pay back the payroll tax “break” is not attempting to buy votes.How cutting payroll taxes will not cause Social Security to run out earlier.How ignoring COVID-19 somehow will make it go away.How fighting to prevent your taxes from being released fulfills your promise to release them
  • Bryson DeChambeau wins U.S. Open; Utahn Tony Finau ties for 8th place

    Bryson DeChambeau wins U.S. Open; Utahn Tony Finau ties for 8th place
    Mamaroneck, N.Y. • Call him a mad scientist in a tam o’shanter cap. Call him a game-changer in golf. Any description of Bryson DeChambeau now starts with U.S. Open champion.In a breathtaking performance Sunday at Winged Foot, on a course so demanding no one else broke par, DeChambeau blasted away with his driver and had short irons from the ankle-deep rough on his way to a 3-under 67.When his 7-foot par putt fell on the 18th, DeChambeau thrust those two powerful arms into the air. Thi
  • Justin F. Thulin: Trump is a menace to Americans’ health

    Justin F. Thulin: Trump is a menace to Americans’ health
    Americans' cherished belief in our own exceptionalism is often warranted. However, in some cases, we have clearly failed. Such is the case in our management of the COVID-19 pandemic. The question is why?Why was the most medically sophisticated nation in the world, which had advance notice of a brewing pandemic first in China and then in Europe, so poorly prepared for the largest health emergency in over 100 years?Why can an innovative and industrial powerhouse not produce enough personal protect
  • 11-year-old South Salt Lake boy missing

    11-year-old South Salt Lake boy missing
    Police are looking for a missing boy who is considered endangered due to his age and being in the state’s custody.Kaydyn Christensen, 11, was last seen around 11:40 a.m. Saturday walking away from the Juvenile Receiving Center, South Salt Lake Police said.The 11-year-old is 4-foot-9, 80 pounds, has blond hair and blue eyes and was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt and blue jeans.Anyone who has seen him is asked to call 801-814-4000.
  • Letter: Jimmy Kimmel was stating the obvious

    Letter: Jimmy Kimmel was stating the obvious
    Jimmy Kimmel has found the dumbest person on earth living right here in Utah. This would be news if not for the fact that the Beehive State cornered the market on stupidity long ago — just look at Utah County and a commission chamber full of COVID-19 conveyors.Our reputation for idiocy perhaps is most apparent in the hypocrites Utahns elect to public office. Two examples:• Mike Lee, a senator who buys a house he can’t afford and leaves his bank holding the bag, yet wants to teac
  • Utah Royals fall 3-0 to Portland in NWSL Fall Series opener

    Utah Royals fall 3-0 to Portland in NWSL Fall Series opener
    Utah Royals FC went into Sunday’s game against the Portland Thorns without its head and assistant coaches because they were placed on administrative leave. But the Royals still had a game to play despite what was happening off the field.The Royals opened their four games of the National Women’s Soccer League Fall Series with a 3-0 loss to the Thorns. It was Utah’s first game since losing to the Houston Dash in penalties in the quarterfinals of this summer’s NWSL Challenge
  • Frank Bruni: From Trump, no respect for Ginsburg, or for the rules

    Frank Bruni: From Trump, no respect for Ginsburg, or for the rules
    I was prepared for Mitch McConnell’s hypocrisy, but his brazenness left me breathless. He pledged a speedy Senate vote on a Trump-nominated replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg less than two hours after news of her death broke.He couldn’t have waited, I don’t know, six hours? A day? Out of respect?Silly question. Silly me. I sometimes forget the era we’re living in and the president we’re living under. McConnell understands that neither is about propriety, procedure,
  • BYU students make glasses to help autistic kids' eye contact

    BYU students make glasses to help autistic kids' eye contact
    Provo • Heidi Kershaw was sitting in on a therapy session with her 7-year-old son, who has autism, when she noticed he kept getting distracted from the therapy exercises. His eyes were glued to the corner of the room, where Mickey Mouse was on the TV.If only there were an image of Mickey Mouse on her face, the mom told the therapist, she would finally be able to establish eye contact with her son.Kershaw, who is the senior vice president of operations at the Entertainment Industry Foundatio
  • Utah Royals coach, assistant put on administrative leave before club’s game at Portland

    Utah Royals coach, assistant put on administrative leave before club’s game at Portland
    Utah Royals FC won’t have two coaches for the foreseeable future.Head coach Craig Harrington and assistant Louis Lancaster have been placed on administrative leave by the club, a spokesperson said Sunday afternoon. The news was first announced during the broadcast of the game between the Royals and the Portland Thorns.Amy LePeilbet has been named head coach in the interim, a club spokesperson said. She coached Sunday’s game against Portland.The Athletic reported that Harrington and L
  • Ginsburg’s impact on women spanned age groups, backgrounds

    Ginsburg’s impact on women spanned age groups, backgrounds
    New York • Sure, there were the RBG bobbleheads, the Halloween getups, the lace collars, the workout videos. The “I dissent” T-shirts, the refrigerator magnets, the onesies for babies or costumes for cats. And yes, the face masks, with slogans like: “You can’t spell TRUTH without RUTH.”But the pop culture status that Ruth Bader Ginsburg found — or rather, that found her — in recent years was just a side show, albeit one that amused her, to the uniqu
  • Southern California wildfire grows, burns nature center

    Southern California wildfire grows, burns nature center
    Los Angeles • The destruction wrought by a wind-driven wildfire in the mountains northeast of Los Angeles approached 156 square miles Sunday, burning structures, homes and a nature center in a famed Southern California wildlife sanctuary in foothill desert communities.Firefighters were, however, able to defend Mount Wilson, which overlooks greater Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Mountains and has a historic observatory founded more than a century ago and numerous broadcast antennas serving S
  • Utah wildlife officials save moose trapped in golf course cistern where her calves drowned

    Utah wildlife officials save moose trapped in golf course cistern where her calves drowned
    The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources responded to a call at Mountain Dell Golf Course after a family of moose became trapped in a cistern on the grounds. Two calves drowned, but crews were able to save the mother.A small herd lives in the area and frequents the golf course. The family got through a fence, fell into the cistern at some point last night and were discovered Sunday morning, according to a Mountain Dell employee.“We’re just beside ourselves right now,” the employ
  • LDS leader Russell Nelson misses going to the hospital to welcome newborns into his family

    LDS leader Russell Nelson misses going to the hospital to welcome newborns into his family
    President Russell M. Nelson, leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has spent much of his life going to hospitals — as a renowned heart surgeon caring for patients, as a mindful minister tending to ill congregants, and as a father, grandfather and great-grandfather welcoming new babies into his vast family.“This treasured experience brings me unspeakable joy every time,” the 96-year-old prophet-president wrote Sunday on Facebook. “I love holding these
  • Gail Collins: Ruth Bader Ginsburg knew what to do with her time

    Gail Collins: Ruth Bader Ginsburg knew what to do with her time
    “Now I happen to be the oldest,” Ruth Bader Ginsburg told me in 2015, when she was still 81 and I was asking her about retirement for a piece in this newspaper. “But John Paul Stevens didn’t step down until he was 90.”She was good at extending the deadline. For a long time, she would point out that Justice Louis Brandeis didn’t retire until 82. Then, when she approached that mark, she found a new goal post.Now that she’s gone, the world is talking about
  • Raiders eager to show off new digs in Vegas debut vs. Saints

    Raiders eager to show off new digs in Vegas debut vs. Saints
    The Raiders finally have a home to call their own.After spending almost their entire 60-year existence sharing stadiums that were sometimes old and out of date, the Raiders are set to open their $2 billion palace in the Las Vegas desert. The Raiders (1-0) will host the New Orleans Saints (1-0) on Monday night when they get to show off Allegiant Stadium to the world more than three years after getting approval to move from Oakland to Las Vegas. “It’s got everything you could imagine,

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